From School to the Capitol: Student Art Shines in Olympia

Heading into legislative session at the beginning of year, Representative Ross Hunter felt his office could use some color, creativity, and imagination.  Looking for advice on where to get local art for his walls, he contacted ArtsEd Washington Executive Director Una McAlinden, who suggested he showcase art from K-12 students in his very own 48th

Schools of Excellence in Arts Education Awards 2012

The 2012 Schools of Excellence in Arts Education Awards Presented by ArtsEd Washington in partnership with the Association of Washington School Principals ArtsEd Washington, in partnership with the Association of Washington School Principals, is pleased to present the second annual Schools of Excellence in Arts Education Awards. This prestigious distinction recognizes schools that include the

ArtsEd WA Releases Mid-Year Update

ArtsEd Washington is pleased to share our 2011-2012 Mid-Year Update from the desk of Executive Director Una McAlinden. Learn about our recent projects, including: Our role in creating a School Board Candidate Survey regarding arts education, Our collaboration with Washington State PTA to create an arts education advocacy handbook, An update on our Principals' Arts

ArtsEd Washington Joins Statewide Coalitions

ArtsEd Washington recently became a member of The Network for Excellence in Washington Schools (NEWS) and a “Friend” of the Paramount Duty Coalition. In becoming a member of NEWS, we are pleased to join more than 380 organizations across the state – including large and small school districts and a broad base of other civic

ArtsEd Washington Releases Annual Report

We are pleased to announce the availability of our 2010-2011 Annual Report. In follow up to our early-summer Annual Meeting, the report further highlights our organizational achievements over the last fiscal year including our: Policy and arts learning work Principals’ Arts Leadership (PAL) program Art Lessons in the Classroom visual arts curriculum Community participation and

Tacoma School of the Arts Receives School of Distinction Award!

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has announced the Tacoma School of the Arts (SOTA) as one of four recipients of its National Schools of Distinction in Arts Education Award for the 2010-2011 School Year. The award recognizes successful arts programs, and the integration of the arts as an essential aspect of

Arts Integration Works!

Earlier this spring, Dayna Laur, an Advanced Placement Politics teacher, and Katlyn Wolfgang, an Art teacher, successfully integrated their two subjects in a cross-class collaboration project at Central York High School in Pennsylvania.  Ms. Laur introduced categories of public policy, which had to be fully researched by the politics students, who then presented their materials

School’s Out, Advocacy Continues!

Congratulations to the Americans for the Arts’ Arts Education Council, whose advocacy efforts succeeded in restoring funds to the San Diego Unified School District’s Visual and Performing Arts Department.  On June 21, their relationship building and continued advocacy efforts led to a unanimous vote by the board of education that ensured full funding to arts

It’s a Win for the Arts in Washington State!

2011: Congratulations to our friends and partners at 4Culture, whose future became ensured with the passing of SB 5834, a bill that allocates public funding for local arts and heritage communities.  For over twenty years, 4Culture has provided support for the visual and performing arts, public art, heritage programs, cultural development of the region, and